Domaine de Rey

St Hilaire, Aude
Self-catering


Crafted from its landscaped garden to its striped tablecloth, a rustic domaine with a loving makeover and a pool with views of the Pyrenées

Bedroom

6 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 12

The
Experience

Everything in this long former vigneron’s domaine shares a single quality – that of having been carefully, lovingly crafted. Furniture designer David and his wife, landscape gardener Rachel, performed a total renovation, combining the main property with outbuildings to create one huge space and then filling it with creativity, light and comfort. The kitchen is the hub, furnished and equipped like a chef’s dream and with the history of the house preserved in original beams and open stonework. Staircases lead up from both ends of the building to the first floor bedrooms, three of which are en suite. These all take their cue from the kitchen and combine modern fittings, walk-in showers and occasional pieces of David’s handiwork, with similar touches of the past. Three thoughtfully designed communal spaces mean that the kids can take to the games room, the nappers to the TV room and the talkers to the sitting room. During the day, everyone can gather round the pool, with dramatic views of the Pyrenées, then head out with Rachel’s expansive dossier of walks to guide them through the hills – or daytrip to Carcassonne and Limoux.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum 3 night stay.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £286
Weekly price
from £2000
Damage deposit
££500
Surcharges
Short breaks available in low season, £120 per room per night
1 House for 12
From £2866 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachel Murphy

  • This house is in the most exceptionally wonderful location with outstanding views over vineyards to the Pyrenees. To leave Stansted airport and arrive door to door less than three hours later in this wildly beautiful place is always a great pleasure!
  • The house is five minutes from the village of Saint-Hilaire with its famous Benedictine monastry where is said that the monks in the twelfth century invented Blanquette, the local sparkling wine and forerunner to champagne.
  • The house is an ideal base for walking or cycling holidays with marked trails and empty roads in all directions. We have maps and itineraries at the house and the Guardienne at the house is happy to take guests on guided walks or cycle rides.
  • The area is famous for its Cathar castles, magnificant ruined fortresses, often perched on sheer rocky outcrops, such as Montesegur, the final stronghold of the Cathars. These are hauntingly beautiful places to visit and mostly drivable from the house..
  • For keen swimmers, as well as the lovely pool, there is great river swimming nearby, the lake at Carcassonne & also Montbel. Also, canoeing & white water rafting at Quillan and Axat. The mediterranean beaches are only an hours drive, a great day trip.
  • The house is only 20 minutes from the main tourist attraction of the area, the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, with its narrow cobbled streets, squares teeming with restaurants, & magnificent ramparts. Equal distance is Limoux with its Friday market.